Ms MacLaine : I had many love affairs and a lot of awful lovers…
SHIRLEY MACLAINE boasted of bedding two Prime Ministers, but admitted a life of “many love affairs and a lot of awful lovers” had given her “no satisfaction”.
The Virginia-born actress is one of Hollywood’s greatest living stars, known for her ability to effortlessly portray a range of eccentric and headstrong characters. Her seven-decade long career has seen the now 87-year-old amass a huge collection of industry awards, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning turn in the heralded 1983 comedy Terms of Endearment, and her first major breakthrough role in Around the World in 80 Days, in 1956.
One of Ms MacLaine’s other much loved films, Steel Magnolias, is being broadcast on Channel 5 this afternoon.
For a star who has spent so long in Tinseltown, the stories of her life are often incomparable to her contemporaries, particularly one anecdote she shared recently regarding her sex life.
The Downton Abbey star told the Daily Mirror in 2012 how she had bedded two prime ministers in her lifetime.
Speaking at the time, Ms MacLaine said: “I had many love affairs and a lot of awful lovers.
I wasn’t into ‘sexscapades’, but I did try it once.
“It was during a political campaign where everyone was doing the same thing. So I didn’t want to be left out. I had sex with three men in one day. It was stupid and it brought me no satisfaction.”
Previously, she has claimed to have slept with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, as well as Australian Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock.
She admitted that she had always “found male actors very intriguing” and reportedly told some of the cast on Downton Abbey that she “fell in love with someone on every picture I made for the first 30 years”.
Among these was a three-year relationship with Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum, as well as a six-week “crush” on Dean Martin, the Rat Pack and crooning legend.
There were however some actors she had been linked with that Ms MacLaine admitted she had never fallen for, namely Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson.
In 2011, she told Oprah Winfrey: “I wasn’t attracted to Jack [Lemmon]. He was a sweetheart. He was like my Aunt Rose.
“He didn’t have that dangerous, complicated, sexual-dominating confusion that I liked helping the men I was attracted to to figure out.
And Jack [Nicholson]? Too much for me! No, he’s too much.
“I guess I liked the dangerous chemistry if it was controllable. His isn’t. He is authentically dangerous.”
While Ms MacLaine appeared to share chemistry with many of her colleagues and co-stars, one who she didn’t share a fond affection with was Welshman Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The pair shared the screen in the 1980 film A Change of Seasons, a movie that was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards at the inaugural ceremony.